Donovan was one of the first folk singers that I liked. He has come to Seattle several times, but I was never fortunate to see him. I feel his music is unique. Donovan plays guitar and flute. His voice is very smooth and sweet. What stands out though are his lyrics to his songs. They are really well constructed and carry a personal message. Most audiences fall in love with him after just a few songs. Donovan is the real deal!
*Lyrics excerpt* - "You've got to pick up every stitch.... Two rabbits running in the ditch.... Beatniks out to make it rich.... Oh, No! It must be the season of the witch."
At the absolute height of "Flower Power" in 1966, the ambitious, young, Scottish, singer/songwriter, Donovan Leitch (only 20 at the time) scored #1 on the American pop music charts with his Sunshine Superman LP (which, in record time, sold over a million copies).
And, of course, this was only the beginning for this Groovy Guru and Hurdy Gurdy Man of 1960's hippiedom.
With his eclectic and distinctive musical style (which was a smooth, easy-listening blend of folk, pop, psychedelia, and world music) Donovan Leitch quickly soared into the stratosphere of super-stardom with each subsequent album that followed Sunshine Superman's trans-Atlantic success.
This Greatest Hits CD contains 15 tunes in all which were recorded between the years 1966-1970. Two of my favourite songs are - The Season of the Witch and Lalena.
*P.S.* - Be sure to watch video of Donovan singing Hurdy Gurdy Man in 1968.
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